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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pay Nat Ford His Money and Get Him Out of Here

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM

click to enlarge Coming to take you away. Take you today.
  • Coming to take you away. Take you today.

When it comes to Nat Ford, always we grumble. We grumbled about how much money he was paid to work. Now we're grumbling about how much he'll be paid to stop working and get the hell out of town.

The lead rabble-rouser decrying Ford's $384,000 walkin' money is state Sen. Leland Yee. Aspiring panderers ought to line up and watch Yee's histrionics the way young ballplayers gawped at Barry Bonds in the batting cage. Way back when, Supervisor Harvey Milk went so far in the name of cheap populism as to intentionally tread in dog shit. Yee would have picked up the shit, brandished it before the cameras, and said, "Look what I almost stepped in."

Carrying on the fecal motif, a little while back SF Weekly

reported how much the city spends on toilet paper. This was done to

establish a point of relativity in the hyperexpensive world of city politics. It's hard to take populist cries about the

abomination of handing Ford a $384,000 severance package when San Francisco

expends $833,113 on toilet paper.

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  • Watch the master...

risible nature of Yee's crusade, however, is all too apparent for

anyone who's ever thumbed through a Board of Supervisors agenda. Every

week the supes make cursory approvals of hefty settlements

in cases far less clearcut than the ins and outs of Ford's

contract. According to the city controller's office, San Francisco

budgets about $11 million a year for settlements -- but that doesn't

include the occasional real doozy. Fittingly, Muni is responsible for quite a number of those

So, pay Nat Ford his money. And get him out of here. Political theater is easy. Getting a transit system to run properly is not.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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